Sixteen-year-old singer-songwriter Deedee Austin, of Abegweit First Nation, has swept up the Music Nova Scotia Awards.
Austin gained awards in two classes: Indigenous Artist of the Yr and New Recording Artist of the Yr. She was additionally nominated in two others.
“(It’s) so surreal,” she stated.
Austin began making music when she was simply 11 years outdated, and launched her first single at 14. She launched her first EP a yr later, and now has three singles out.
“I’ve at all times simply beloved music, it simply made me so pleased,” Austin stated on the International Information morning present.
“You don’t assume something of it, till now, like, I’ve simply introduced dwelling two awards.”
Her newest single Buried Fact, for which the music video was launched final month, displays on the Indigenous lives taken by residential colleges.
“What impressed me to put in writing Buried Fact was, my great-grandmother was within the residential college. I discovered about all the unmarked graves,” Austin stated.
“I used to be identical to, it may possibly’t sit in my books any longer. So I took it to the studio, laid it down and … I’m actually proud of the result.”
Austin stated music is a means for her to flee from what’s occurring on this planet. All of her writing is predicated on real-life experiences.
“For me to place my story and my individuals’s story right into a tune, it’s actually particular.”
The music video, that includes Austin taking part in a burning piano in entrance of the Truro library, was carried out with assist from a number of individuals within the N.S. music trade, volunteers and her dad.
Austin stated she thinks it’s been acquired effectively, “for the way heavy of a subject it’s.”
Nova Scotia Music Week 2022 was held over the weekend in Sydney, that includes performances from quite a few native artists.
Austin performed twice, together with her showcase held on Saturday. She additionally had time to attend others’ performances.
“I really like reconnecting, and it’s occasions like Nova Scotia Music Week that brings us collectively.”
Austin stated she hopes to launch a brand new album within the close to future, and plans to reconnect with fellow musicians on the East Coast Music Awards within the spring.
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